May 12, 2009

How to link your Twitter and Facebook profiles

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John HaydonManaging many social media sites can be a bit challenging for the non-profit that has little time and/or resources. Many social media sites, including Facebook, recognize this fact. They also know that social media is increasingly being used for fundraising.

To make managing multiple sites easier, Facebook allows you to post your social media activities on Twitter by posting tweets directly from your Facebook page (and visa versa).

How to link your Twitter and Facebook profiles

After you log into your Facebook account, follow these steps:

1. Search for “Twitter” in Facebook’s search field:

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2. Click the “Allow” button in the “Allow Application” window:

facebook allow access How To Link Your Twitter Page and Facebook Profile For Social Media Sanity

3. After being prompted to log-in to Twitter, you will come to this page:

twitter facebook interface How To Link Your Twitter Page and Facebook Profile For Social Media Sanity

4. Anything you type in the “What are you doing?” field will be instantly posted to Twitter:

twitter update from facebook How To Link Your Twitter Page and Facebook Profile For Social Media Sanity

5. If you want your Facebook status to be updated with every post you make from Twitter, click the following (see warning below):

allow twitter to update status How To Link Your Twitter Page and Facebook Profile For Social Media Sanity

Warning: Posting every tweet to your status can be annoying to your Facebook friends (I learned the hard way ;-) ). Consider how often you use Twitter before selecting this option.

Have other tips or best practices?John Haydon delivers social web strategy solutions for “the quick, the smart, and the slightly manic.” Curious? Then visit the John Haydon blog, follow him on Twitter or leave a comment.

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